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Old 09-21-2004, 07:16 PM   #1
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Email client that support HTTP email accounts


I was looking for an email client that supports HTTP email accounts. I currently use Thunderbird, but it doesn't have this functionality (only POP3 and IMAP). I understand that M$ reverse-engineered Hotmail to not allow clients other than M$ email clients (ie Outlook Express) to download email from it, but I don't use Hotmail anyways. I use another free email account that I can access via a webpage, much like Hotmail, and wanted my email client to do the same. If I could only find a free client that does that, and works as well as Thunderbird, I could check all of my email from the same place.

Any suggestions?

Old 09-21-2004, 11:31 PM   #2
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not sure what you are really looking at. If you want to have a web-based access to your mails, you will need to install some software like squirrelmail or Horde.

Another way is to use mail2web's services.... I am not sure of the security part in using 3rdparty services to access your mails ...
Old 09-21-2004, 11:40 PM   #3
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From what I can understand from the message, you want to retrieve mail from your webmail account. some servers allow this using POP3, like hotmail with Outlook Express (it configures itself auto with some way where we can't see the real pop server it's using) or others like Yahoo used to give away their pop servers so that you could config it with your preferred mail reader (I think they are charging now for this).
The best thing you can do is to search the FAQ from your webmail host or to directly write them asking if they support downloading your messages using POP3/IMAP and then configure Thunderbird for example with the POP/IMAP servers they give you (if they really give you something).
Hope this helps.
Old 09-22-2004, 04:16 AM   #4
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There are two programs that work with HTTPMail services. One is JHTTPMail but the creater has not uploaded any program to use. Another program is Hotwayd. It creates a POP3 server on your system, so you can use any email program in Linux. Hotwayd also has an SMTP server, so you can send emails. I do not know if Hotwayd will work with your email provider, but it does not hurt to try it.

I use Hotwayd with my Hotmail account. It works. Though, it took some time for me to install it.

The only problem that Hotwayd has, it only downloads the inbox folder. Making it useless if you have created some folders in your email account.

As with all POP3 servers, all emails are downloaded. If you like to keep emails on your account for a few days. You will have to email yourself and turn off automatically download emails at a set interval.
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OK. I'll give it a try.

Old 04-29-2005, 08:11 PM   #6
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not so

actually, I have downloaded my sent messages folder using kmail and hotwayd. I seem to recal it was something like adding a "/sent" to the username or something. I can't remember exactly how, and I'm actually looking for it at the moment.
Old 04-29-2005, 08:26 PM   #7
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simple, when d/l messages, instead of use

sent messages is called sentitems, which explains my trouble. I would imagine such might would work on email services other than hotmail, but I havn't used anything else with hotwayd. It's worth a shot.


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